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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Dec 10, 2009 5:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New toy - tech question & opinion (non-dead)

How are you converting to .mp3? The standard setting on itunes is 128 kbps constant bit rate (CBR) which is pretty crappy. I typically use 256 kbps CBR or at least 192 variable bit rate (VBR) which is what you get when you download here. I have a big ipod (big ipod little...whatever) so I use 256 kbps VBR or I load songs in a lossless format. You can't play your shn or flac directly on the ipod (well you can do the flac but it requires a little work, google flac on itunes and you will find how to do it). However you can play .wav or .aiff. These non-compressed lossless will take up about 10x the space as a 128 kbps so this my not be practical. You can also use ALAC (also known as Apple Lossless) which is like FLAC in that it takes up about half the space of a .wav or .aiff but is lossless. Most of the options to import into itunes for these are found in the import settings under preferences in itunes.

One last issue. How are you listening to the ipod through your car? I used to use an itrip which was okay but not great, now i have an AUX jack that I can plug my ipod into and play directly through the stereo and this is much better. However I have done the direct comparison between a show that I had on disc and one on the ipod and the CD wins hands down. I used the commercial release of 3ftv so I may have stacked the deck a little. I was listening to 4-29-71 this morning through the ipod and it sounded great.

Good luck.

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Poster: spacedface Date: Dec 10, 2009 9:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New toy - tech question & opinion (non-dead)

I can hear the difference between 128k and 256k pretty easily, and don't have good equipment.

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Dec 10, 2009 7:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New toy - tech question & opinion (non-dead)

I also recently converted from iTrip to direct connect, and there is a significant improvement. In my case, I actually have a USB port in the car, so the connection is even better than that of the 16th inch stereo plug. My only issue here is that I've never used iTunes to manage my library, as I've said before, I've always used Sharepod. Problem here is that when I connect the iPod via USB, while I can control the device through the car stereo, it now only shows which track number of the thousands that I have on the iPod it is. No track naming at all.

I will probably rework the iPod to iTunes and see if I can get accurate track listings.

On another note, I also have XM now. So much fun to have good old channel 57 available to me. A distinct pleasure.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Dec 10, 2009 8:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New toy - tech question & opinion (non-dead)

When i got the new car they wanted like 300 bucks to make it ipod compatible (USB) so I opted for the 8 dollar stereo plug through the aux jack. I don't get the track listings either nor does it power my ipod (i still use the itrip as a power cord).

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Dec 10, 2009 8:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New toy - tech question & opinion (non-dead)

I'm not rich, and actaully wouldn't have sprung 300bux for the ipod adaptor. It came with the car. I actually wish it had come with bluetooth, as that's actually more important to me. But, having used the iTrip, and living in Chicago, there are no areas on the dial that are particularly free from signal. If I could have found a completely void frequency, I might have been happier with the iTrip.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Dec 10, 2009 8:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New toy - tech question & opinion (non-dead)

I found one sweet spot in Miami and amazingly it works in Atlanta as well (90.5). I don't recall if 90.5 is a station in Chicago, been too long since I lived there. However it does not compare to the direct plug in and for long drives it is soooo much better because you don't have to make changes along the way.

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Dec 10, 2009 9:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New toy - tech question & opinion (non-dead)

on that we agree. Now if I can get the dashboard display to show me what I'm really listening to, that would be awesome.

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